Thomas Jared Denslow

February 15, 1972November 24, 2018

Thomas Jared Denslow, 46, died on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018 at home.

He was born on February 15th, 1972 in Shawnee, Okla., to David L. Denslow and Carol Lynn (Harper) Denslow.

He attended Boston University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a concentration in Business in Economics. He moved to New York City in 1996 where he worked as an analyst for Morgan Stanley and CIBC World Markets, and as a portfolio manager for Hamilton Investment Management.

He returned to Shawnee in 2005 where he earned his Oklahoma Teacher certification and began teaching at Shawnee Public Schools. In 2014 he began teaching at the Jim Thorpe Academy at Shawnee High School.

He will be remembered for his love of family, his quick, and sometimes sharp wit, and his boundless enthusiasm for learning and teaching. He was like a father to his nephew, Thomas, whom he helped to raise on a daily basis. He loved his nephews and niece in Dallas and never missed a chance to spend time with them.

He was preceded in death by his father, David; grandparents, Carol and Thomas E. Harper, and Jean Behlen and Jerry Denslow.

He is survived by his mother, Lynn of the home; sister and nephew, Caroline and Thomas Denslow of Shawnee; brother, Alan and Ladonna Denslow of Dallas; and nephews and niece, Logan, Ian and Linley Denslow of Dallas. He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Service will be conducted by Rev. Amy Busse at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Resthaven Chapel. A reception will be held afterward at United Presbyterian Church.


  • Memorial Service Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thomas Jared Denslow

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Danna Primm

November 29, 2018

Dear Lynn,

I was so sad to hear of your loss. I just saw this today. Please know that we are all thinking of you and your family and wish you peace and comfort in this difficult time.

Love and care, Danna

Michael Knox

November 29, 2018

Tom worked for me in New York for a number of years at both Morgan Stanley and Hamilton. He was a smart young man and I'm glad he found his way back home into a role that allowed him to share his life and experiences with students. He was far to young and will be missed dearly. My thoughts are with his entire family and friends. He will be missed by all.

Holly Flora Meck

November 29, 2018

I was a friend of Jared's and his prom date at SHS in 1990. We also saw each other a few times when we both lived in New York. We hadn't been in touch for several years, but I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He will be remembered as smart, funny, and kind, and will be missed.

Pat Bolt

November 28, 2018

He had a unique talent and a “killer sense of humor”. Gone from us way too soon. We’ll miss you, Jared...Pat

Pam Louvier

November 28, 2018

Lynn, we are so very sorry for your loss. We are and will be praying for you during this terribly difficult time. Pam & Greg Louvier

Reba Sparks

November 28, 2018

Lynn, your SHS Class of 1966 is so sorry for the loss of your son. May God bring you peace and understanding.

We love you!
SHS Class of 1966

Melissa Chesnut

November 28, 2018

Lynn, I have no words other than to say I’m thinking of and praying for you.
Love, Melissa Chesnut

Misty Bone~Rendleman

November 28, 2018

Jared will be missed by many. His unconditional love for his students and his optimism are two traits already absent from our building. He inspired creativity and natural curiosity... in high school students. Rest easy my friend.

Rachel Fulp

November 27, 2018

Dear Lynn, Caroline, and Alan,

We are distraught to hear of Jared's sudden, and far too soon, death. We are so sad that we cannot be there to comfort you at this time. Please know that you are in our hearts and in our prayers.

Jared was a very sweet person and had such a wonderful smile and pleasant disposition. You have every reason to be proud of him. We know he will be missed by many.

Our love,
Rachel and Barry Fulp
Buck and Marilyn Harper
Tommy and Becky Harper